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ERIC Number: ED538205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-12
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Attendance and Truancy Programs. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
According to the 2000 census, high school dropouts had a 52% employment rate, compared to 71% for high school graduates and 83% for college graduates. According to NCSE, the national dropout rate is 30% of which 80% had been chronically absent from school ("School attendance tracking: Challenges and effective practices"), which puts the high school completion rate in the United States at tenth in the world ("One-third of a nation"). Excessive absences and truancies usually equate to poorer achievement, mediocre self-esteem, lower promotion and graduation rates and lesser employment potential, all of which frequently lead to a student dropping out of school. Many programs work with law enforcement and the judicial system to enforce attendance and truancy policies. These programs often hold parents accountable for their child's attendance. Sanctions are often in terms of fines levied against the parents. Students are often given community service to serve on their own time as a consequence of poor attendance. It was highly encouraged in the literature that schools and districts provide incentives for students with good and improved attendance on a regular basis. Some schools offer things such as free lunch coupons, free breakfast, pizza parties, ice-cream socials, certificates and have regular recognition ceremonies for these students. Other recommendations to encourage good attendance are provided, as well as common characteristics of successful attendance and truancy programs. (Contains 37 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Hawaii; Illinois; Maryland; Michigan; Oregon; Wyoming